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Hill Country honors the barbecue and live music capital of Texas and takes its “cue” from the legendary meat-markets-turned- barbecue-joints of Central Texas with their distinctive, dry-rub style.

Our Story

Hill Country Hospitality was founded by Marc Glosserman with the vision of bringing the authentic cuisine, original culture, and famed music of the Central Texas barbecue belt to New York City. In 2007, with his wife & partner, Kristen, the company opened its flagship restaurant, the wildly successful Hill Country Barbecue Market, on 26th Street in Manhattan. The combination of a unique and inviting ambiance, and a mouthwatering menu including meats smoked with traditional Texan Post Oak, plus great cocktails, Texas brews and lots of live music, made Hill Country Barbecue Market an instant classic, garnering rave reviews, including a two-star review by The New York Times, topping Wall Street Journal’s Best Barbecue Restaurants list, and earning a Critic’s Pick by New York Magazine. In 2011, a new outpost of Hill Country Barbecue Market opened in Washington DC with much acclaim.

Marc and Kristen live in New York City two blocks from their Manhattan restaurant. They have four children – Austin, Skye, Jaclyn and Geena. Their eldest, Austin, was born just hours after Hill Country debuted on the New York restaurant scene in 2007. 

The Hill Country of Texas

The region that encompasses Central Texas’ barbecue belt, a beautiful area consisting of rolling landscapes, cotton fields, corner markets, and blue bonnet flowers, is affectionately known by Texans as Hill Country.  The Hill Country also includes the beloved capital city, Austin – home to a youthful population that flourishes in an artistic, innovative, and independent spirit that celebrates a distinct pride in its culture – the city motto is “Keep Austin Weird.”  Our restaurants strive to capture the romantic tradition and simple charm of the Central Texas countryside along with the creative energy and casual coolness exemplified by the Austin ethos.

Marc’s Texas roots date back four generations. His grandfather was the mayor of Lockhart, Texas, a small town near Austin with the distinction of being the official “Barbecue Capital of Texas” and he is descended from a long line of Texas women with exceptional southern cooking skills. As a child, Marc looked forward to his Texas visits where he indulged in all the local traditions, including eating smoked sausages and barbecue at the legendary Kreuz Market, drinking Big Red Soda, cooling off with Blue Bell Ice Cream, and enjoying the sounds of Austin’s rock, blues and country music.